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If you can, get outdoors with your family

Take This Action Commit to this action for your family to help overcome the obesity epidemic.

Playing outdoors increases kids' physical activity and allows them to explore and interact with nature. For parents and caregivers, outdoor activities offer a fun, affordable way to bring family together.

How to Spend More Time Outdoors

  • Find parks, playgrounds, or other fun outdoor spots near your home.
  • Explore nature: take a hike or go on a scavenger hunt in a local park.
  • Play catch, basketball, tag, hide-and-go-seek, or other active games.
  • Make a family walk in your neighborhood part of your daily routine.
  • If you can, walk or bike instead of driving.
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The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.


On average, kids who spend more time playing outdoors are more physically active and less likely to be overweight.